Guillermo Calderón: The Second Life of Dragón

Guillermo CalderónThe Second Life of Dragón


“He lets it rip and shows us his mettle. As a writer, Calderón is as interested in power as fact and illusion as the legendary Jean Genet and María Irene Fornés.”

—Hilton Als, The New Yorker

“But there’s a freshness and forcefulness to Calderón’s work, which marries the urgency of politics to the playful joy of theatremaking.”

American Theatre

In Spanish with English subtitles


Dragón, Guillermo Calderón's latest work, is a story about a group of artists who meet to begin creating the work that should anoint them as undeniable forces of nature in the avant-garde theater community. The plot provides a window, a reflection, on opportunism and violence written by the internationally renowned Chilean playwright and director. In The Second Life of a Dragon, Calderón has developed a new audiovisual vision that adopts the format of a micro-documentary, expressly made in the context of the new circumstances of confinement. The action is set against the compelling topics Dragón introduces as well as the artistic and cultural references at the core of the show, while juxtaposing them against the context of Chile's current political situation compounded by the consequences of the pandemic.


Dragón, la última obra de Guillermo Calderón, es una historia sobre un grupo de artistas que se encuentran para crear la obra que debe consagrarlos. La trama da pie a una reflexión sobre el oportunismo y la violencia escrita por el dramaturgo y director chileno de larga trayectoria internacional. En La Segunda Vida de un Dragón, Guillemo Calderón propone una nueva apuesta audiovisual que adopta el formato de una especie de microdocumental, realizada expresamente en las nuevas circunstancias de confinamiento, que trata sobre Dragón y cruza las referencias al espectáculo con el contexto político del Chile actual y las consecuencias de la pandemia.

Zoom conversation post-event

The Second Life of Dragón is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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SAT 4/10
5:00 pm
SUN 4/11
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff